Allianz Cup: Exeter Chiefs win a stepping stone to the ‘next chapter.

Exeter celebrate winning the Allianz Cup
Exeter was the only team to win their first ever trophy in their second season.

Susie Appleby, Exeter Chiefs coach, says that her team's Allianz Cup victory over Harlequins was a “stepping stone”, for her side in Premier 15s.

The Chiefs won their first trophy, 57-12, with nine attempts.

Exeter are currently third in Premier 15s Table with two games left to play as they try for a playoff spot.

Appleby said that it was impossible to go on saying “oh we won't the cup” – this is the beginning for the next chapter,” BBC Radio Devon reported.

“We have eyes on the bigger prize but we also need to pay attention to every performance. If we do those things right, we might be in a playoff.”

Appleby's win is in many ways a mirror of Exeter's men’s team's victory. won the LV= Cup in 2014,Four years after being promoted into the Premiership

Two years later they reached the Premiership finals and were awarded the title. A year later they won the title again. They also won the European Champions Cup twice in 2020.

Appleby said, “Winning's an habit, winningtrophies is a routine and it doesn't come very often.”

“This must be appreciated for what it is. It's a trophy. It'll stay in our cabinet for another one year, and then it might return or go somewhere else.

“Trophies can be special, special things, and they're very special days. But we're hoping to open the door for other people who want to follow.

“We're creating something unique that people want to participate in and that's the best thing.”

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